Apple iPad hardware – what’s inside? has good hints

There are few people who have better or deeper insights into CPU technology than the Heise guys from c’t magazine in Hannover, Germany. Editor and abbreviation champ Christof Windeck has done some great research and put together several facts and logic to come to some credible hints about the Apple iPad hardware.

His main conclusions: Apple’s iPad Tablet seems to be powered by a System on Chip (SoC, at launch event called Apple A4) with ARM Cortex A8 single core CPU (1 GHz), a PowerVR SGX series 5 GPU and “a combination of (Mobile-DDR-)DRAM (Samsung, 600 or up to 833 MHz?) and NAND or NOR memory.

Fascinating argumentation in the article about why and what, go here for his German version or here for Google’s translation into English. Kudos, Christof.

Apple iPad available within 60 to 90 days in US and Europe

No we really know more.

Apple iPad 3G

Apple iPad 3G

What is the iPad for, which is the name that finally has been chosen for Apple’s slate mobile device?

Steve Jobs‘ answer in his presentation just some hours ago: “Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics. Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks.”

Has it potential for enterprise/corporate use? Yes, but first some new apps need to be developed. Nice: „Nearly all“ 140,000 current iPhone apps will run on the iPad – great.

The iPad has A-GPS and Google maps, given that existing iPhone apps run on it the iPad could become an amazing navigator!

Has the launch been overwhelming? No. Is it a great product? Yes.

Will it change “the media world”? Yes, but Apple is not alone. The change is coming. From my talk with a big German publisher, they are preparing and watching, experimenting. Stay tuned.

Of course there are many questions left open, but hey, tomorrow will be another day: Did the demo machines already run on iPhone OS 4.0? If not (U: we hear it was version 3.2), was that the reason there was no multitasking to be seen?

As Evernote is so happy about the new slate (and tablet PCs in general): Where is digital ink? Can I write on the screen and would ink get converted? That is the opportunity for HP with its slate and Lenovo (who is working on an eco system and not just the hardware, as VP Dion Weisler told me in advance of the Apple launch) with the hybrid IdeaPad U1.
European prices?
European launch partners on the media side?

Here are the specs summed up, you can find them on iPad’s site:

Technical Specs:

Most important for European customers: Apart of the WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n model (availability within 60 days) there will be a Wi-Fi+3G model with HSDPA and GSM/EDGE. Not sure if Apple will allow apps to use it as a phone via Bluetooth headset. 3G results in 130 US-$ higher price and 50 gramm more of weight: 730g instead of 680g. Availability within 90 days.

Other main differentiator Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB Flash (499 to 699 US-$).

All models are powered by a 1 GHz “Apple A4” ARM based CPU.

Screen 9.7 inch IPS with Backlit, glossy, 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) – and H.264 video up to 720p at 30 frames/s. No Flash (which is good news, I think – one battery drainer less).

9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
1.5 pounds (680 g) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (730 g) Wi-Fi + 3G modelConnectivity: WLAN 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, dock connector, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, SIM card (3G model), several connectors are available as accessoires, e.g. a Dock Connector to VGA adapter for 1024×768 which is a typical resolution for beamersBattery life: Apple claims “up to 10 hours, 1 month standby“ for the 25 WHr Lithium-Polymer battery – of course it is integrated.Synchronization via USB, with Mac or Windows PC and iTunes 9.0.

New integrated software: iBook (ePub format!) books from iBook store

BTW, don’t use it on the street now, in there winter days: Operating temperatures are 0° to 35° C (32°-95° F). Berlin, -18° C (-.4° F) at the moment.

Ahem, Microsoft, the Courier is due when? eBook only? More pressure for you.

And hard times for pure ebook makers to come. 499 for a more or less complete PC experience while e.g. Plastic Logic plans to charge up to 800 Dollar for an 8 GB device. Or compare that with the grey Kindle DX no apps yet experience for 500 $.

PS: “This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.” You can find this note on all product pages at the moment – helped to keep the iPad a secret ;)

Day 0: Apple Tablet to be announced in next hours – far more than just a “Kindle killer”


Is it hype? Pseudo religious misdirection? Well, there have been two successful mega gadgets, the world expects Apple to deliver for the third time. This time with an Apple tablet. Despite all the Vorfreude (pleasant anticipation), which will increase even more after the announcement: Yes, this will be a game changer and enabler, but there won’t be one device to rule them all. Even local and regional newspapers have covered the launch event in the past days, many, many people will realized: Oh, that is possible? Didn’t ever hear of Tablets.” – much, much broader customer base.

Liveticker for today: I recommend Macnotes’s Twitter account for such purposes:

German: Macwelt Ticker @macnoteslive

English: if you can read really fast, take this twitter list: Tech News People or simply follow Engadget

My wrap up for the “latest creation day”, some already posted in another blog posting and via Twitter:

I’d say we can expect several announcements around the Apple tablet (iSlate iPad):

  • applications for paid books and magazines (Kindle on more than just steroids), multimedia and news content mixed up and brought together in a new way – So it will not be simple apps in which media houses repackage the same stuff you can already get for free today with your browser (will do for media what iTunes did for music); think subscription models with which rebated devices to come;
  • stunning games with a whole new way of control, think sensor, think touch, tink big screen;
  • new gestures to control the device (imagine how you turn a page in a paper book), to be creative;
  • Oh, and it’ll be so light weight.
  • Talk to Tablet maker (Win/Lin) who’s got it: We’re investing in hard- and software, building an eco system – it just takes more time than Apple.
  • Talk to Tablet seller (Germany): touch web pad makers (400 dollar class) maintain a low profile, are waiting for Apple launch. We already get more and more calls from students; we expect a strong year, demand has grown constantly over the years; big question: will islate/ipad have potential for some enterprise scenarios apart of waiting rooms of lawyers and dentists or is it only for end customers? Microsoft didn’t care much for tablet eco system in past years. Me: are they shocked, paralyzed? – yes, you can say so. HP slate at CES was sign of panic. We’ll try to become reseller
  • Talk with Tablet PC maker (slate, not iSlate): Apple is successful because of integration (of hard- and software). We see lack of compelling Windows apps. Industry will rethink their strategy if Apple Tablet will be huge success.
  • Talk with Tablet PC maker (slate, not iSlate): iSlate success would encourage sw makers to dev. busin. apps for iPhone OS INSTEAD WinMobile (CRM, ERP)
  • Phone talk with a Tablet PC maker (Windows fraction). He’s happy that there will be an Apple iSlate – will be a boost for all Tablets.
  • As for the Amazon’s Kindle, it will have apps, too: You will be able to play HangMan, black and white, the US version, of course.
  • Apple sends out invites to “see our latest creation” – Tablet/iSlate event 27th of January

    27th of January, for a German not a simple date, it marks the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. This year, US president Obama will send out a state of the union address that day. But we should expect a tech event to dominate the headlines: Apple today has sent out invites to the press to „join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on January 27 at 10:00a.m” as reports. That’s 19.00 German time next week’s Wednesday.

    “Come see our latest creation”

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    Fox also claims to have spoken with an Apple source (before he would have received the invitation) saying that we should expect an Apple Tablet, a new (probably multitouch enabled) iLife 2010 and iPhone 4 (a new OS probably for the current and next iPhones and the Apple tablet).

    I’d say we can expect several announcements around the Apple tablet (iSlate):

    • applications for paid books (Kindle on more than just steroids), multimedia and news content, not being simple apps to repackage the same stuff you can already get for free today with your browser (will do for media what iTunes did for music); think subscription models with which rebated devices come;
    • stunning games with a whole new way of control, think sensor, think touch, tink big screen;
    • new gestures to control the device (imagine how you turn a page in a paper book), to be creative;
    • oh, and it’ll be so light weight.

    HP TouchSmart tm2-1000 ab Februar in Österreich [2.U] und Deutschland

    HP bringt seinen im Januar auf der CES angekündigten neuen Multitouch fähigen convertible Tablet PC TouchSmart tm2 mit der Modellnummer tm2-1000 im Februar nach Österreich (Update:) und Deutschland. Das 12-Zoll-Gerät (30,7 cm) verfügt über einen ein Jahr alten recht stromsparenden Core 2 Duo SULV-Prozessor (Update: SU9600SU7300) und eine ATI-Grafikkarte. Die Wiedergabe von HD-Videos sollte damit möglich sein. Genaue Spezifikationen für Europa hat HP noch nicht veröffentlicht. Zwar ist das Gerät zwar im US-Shop bestellbar und wird ab Ende Januar ausgeliefert, aber traditionell passt HP die Ausstattungsdetails an die regionalen Besonderheiten an. Der tm2-Vorgänger tx2 ist nur noch unter den “eingestellten Produkten” zu finden.


    In einer jetzt veröffentlichten Pressemitteilung für Deutschland sind die hiesigen Ausstattungsdetails aufgeführt. Der tm2-1000 wird nur mit dem etwas schwächeren SU7300 ausgeliefert, der mit 1,3 GHz getaktet ist. Im US-Shop (siehe unsere englische Meldung) ist alternativ der SU9600 verfügbar, der auf 1,6 GHz kommt. Die ATI Mobility Radeon 4550 bringt eigenen Arbeitsspeicher von 512 MB mit. Windows 7 Professional als Alternativsystem zum vorinstallierten Windows 7 Home Premium ist von der Produktseite verschwunden.


    Der tm2-1000 ist ab sofort (8.2.2010) ohne weitere Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten im deutschen Shop verfügbar, siehe diese Meldung auf mit den genauen Spezifikationen.


    Der Vorgänger hat bereits vier Finger zugleich auf dem Display erkennt, vermutlich wird das auch beim tm2 der Fall sein. HP hat seine TouchSmart-Software weiterentwickelt.

    Zu hoffen ist, da hilft nur ein Ausprobieren, dass es HP gelungen ist, mit dem neuen Aluminium-Gehäuse und den SULV-Prozessoren für ein besseres Gehäuse-Design zu sorgen, dass die Abwärme schnell abführt. Bei der externen und internen Wiedergabe von DVDs auf dem Vorgänger tx2 war der Lüfter oft oder dauerhaft in recht hoher und störender Drehzahl aktiv (getestet unter Windows 7 x64 Ultimate).

    Beispielsweise geht aus den US-Angaben hervor, dass der tm2 (im Shop tm2t-Serie genannt) über Ethernet-LAN verfüge, sofern nicht die ATI-Grafikkarte statt der internen Intel GMA HD 4500 gewählt wird. Der österreichische Shop listest ausschließlich Gigabit-LAN auf, so dass dort offenbar nur die Variante mit ATI-Karte angeboten werden wird – sofern es sich nicht um einen schlichten Fehler handelt. Aufschluss wird erst ein Datenblatt geben, das noch nicht vorliegt. Auch sind die Produkt- und Treiberseiten noch nicht vollständig oder vorhanden. Daher wird dieser Artikel nach und nach mit zusätzlichen Angaben aktualisiert werden.

    Update: Da in Europa nur die Variante mit ATI-Karte angeboten wird, verfügen alle hiesigen tm2 über Gigabit-LAN.

    Die österreichische HP-Pressemitteilung verspricht “Entertainment Apps für Gaming, Musik, Film, Video und Fotos” sowie für Kalender und E-Mail, die speziell auf die Bedienung mit den Fingern optimiert worden sein sollen. Zudem sind Acrobat Reader, Windows Live Messenger, Adobe FlashPlayer und Works vorinstalliert sowie eine 60-Tage-Trial von Office Home and Student 2007.

    Das abschaltbare Touchpad unterstützt offenbar die Multitouch-Gesten, was beim Browsen und Scrollen sehr nützlich ist.

    Vorteile: Multitouch mit mehreren Fingern, Alu-Gehäuse, stromsparender Prozessor.

    Nachteile: kein USB 3.0, Prozessor nicht von der neuesten im Januar vorgestellten Arrandale-Generation.

    Betriebssystem: Windows 7 Home Premium oder Professional, jeweils nur 64-bit.

    Prozessor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 SU7300 (1,3 GHz, DDR3, FSB 800).

    Ports: 3xUSB 2.0, HDMI, VGA.

    Konnektivität: WLAN 802.11n, GigaBit LAN, Bluetooth, optional 3G.

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    Datenblatt DE

    Treiber und Downloads (noch nicht verfügbar)